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flying buttress

noun

: a structure that supports a wall or building from the outside

Full Definition of FLYING BUTTRESS

:  a masonry structure that typically consists of a straight inclined bar carried on an arch and a solid pier or buttress against which it abuts and that receives the thrust of a roof or vault

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First Known Use of FLYING BUTTRESS

1669

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